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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 12-13-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 13-19, 2017 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE JULIE MARCOTTE, left, and BARBARA SEMENKOW protest plans for a new waste transfer station, prior to a City Council meeting last week. PAWTUCKET – Representatives from the Pawtucket Red Sox said this week that some aspects of a revised financing plan for a new ballpark in downtown Pawtucket "give us con- cern," but said they're still hopeful that they'll reach a deal that's accept- able to all sides. One of the most significant chang- es in the revised legislation is to require that an estimated $250,000 in revenue from naming rights at the stadium be shifted to the city of Pawtucket instead of the team. The Senate Finance Committee last Thursday unveiled rewritten legislation authorizing borrowing up to a capped amount of $85 million, a jump from $71 million in borrow- ing for the estimated $83 million project. Senate Finance Committee Chairman William Conley Jr., of District 18, East Providence, Pawtucket, emphasized that amount is a "high-end choke point" and the "worst-case" scenario. The actual cost of the project has not risen, said a Senate spokesman. The revised bill requires the team to cover any cost overruns. "... The limits in the enabling legis- lation are upper limits, not expected limits," wrote Senate spokesman Greg Pare in an email. "It was writ- ten to allow for interest rates that are greater than they currently are, and to allow for all series of bonds to be PawSox 'concerned' over Senate revisions, still hopeful By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PAWSOX, Page 16 PAWTUCKET – The City Council last Wednesday drew loud cheers from Fairlawn residents and business owners when it unanimously passed a resolution urging Mayor Donald Grebien to hold off on taking any action to advance development of a Concord Street waste transfer station. More than a dozen opponents rose to testify against the proposal, say- ing it would destroy the Fairlawn neighborhood and have a detrimen- tal impact on the city as a whole. Council members commended resi- dents for their opposition efforts, all agreeing that the proposal represents Residents cheer council's approval of transfer station resolution By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See TRANSFER, Page 20 Ricard Jewelers Established 1985 Holiday Hours: Sunday 12-5 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 555 Newport Ave. Pawtucket, RI (401) 725-3680 FREE LAYAWAY Jewelry & Watch Repair Seasons Greetings

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